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Made to Love You

Posted by BarbaraJoe on August 12, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Title: Made to Love You by Sheryl Lister

Genre: AA Romance/Women's Fiction 

Rating: Four-stars

Price: .99

What I loved about the book: I loved that this was a sweet romance story with believable characters who were well-developed. I also enjoyed the location of the novel and felt like I was actually there with them. The main character, Vivian, is a florist who has been hired to work a wedding on a tropical island with two of her best friends/co-workers. While there, she's reunited with a former lover, Devin, who's still attracted to her. There's a secret looming between them, will it bring them closer together or pull them apart?

What I did not love about the book: I did not love that the story seemed to follow the traditional romance formula and was a bit predictable for me. However, it was well-written with enough drama (and hot sex) to keep me reading until the end. If you're a diehard romance fan, you will love this standalone novel.

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Anya's Wish: A Prequel to Chasing Anya

Posted by BarbaraJoe on August 5, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Title: Anya' Wish: A Prequel to Chasing Anya by J.L. Campbell

Genre: Romance/Holidays

Price: $2.99

Rating: 4-stars

What I loved about the book: I loved that the story was very well-written and told from the third person point-of-view. I also loved that the story was set in Kingston, Jamaica, and gave me a taste of the Island. After being single for two years, Anya is still being stalked by her ex-boyfriend, Andrew. When she meets the handsome, Christophe, he pops up again to make her life miserable.

What I didn't love about the book: I didn't love that the story kept alluding to a secret between Anya and the ex that was not revealed. But I guess since this is a short prequel, it will probably revealed in one of the sequels. If you enjoy reading series, I'm sure this is one that you would enjoy adding to your collection, especially if you want the Island flavor.

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Love and Happiness

Posted by BarbaraJoe on July 27, 2015 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Title: Love & Happiness by Ben Burgess, Jr.

Genre: Urban Fiction

Price: $2.99

Rating: 4-stars

What I loved about the book: I loved that the story was told in first person from the husband and wife's alternating point of views. Although Karen was married to Chris and had two beautiful girls, she had two boyfriends on the side, Raheem and Tyrell. Karen worked with Tyrell and Raheem was her personal fitness trainer. After their identical cell phones got mixed up, Chris found out about the other two men and left his wife. From there, Karen's entire world started spiraling downward in fast motion... Will she be able to save her marriage after breaking it off with both of these men? 

What I didn't love about the book: I didn't love that some of the sex scenes were over the top for me. As much as I wanted to like Karen, her actions kept confusing me. There were also some editing issues and especially tense changes that interrupted the flow of the storyline at times, but I still kept reading. Overall, I think this was a good lesson on why not to cheat and I would recommend it to married people or even those thinking about getting married. It's not to be taken lightly as evidenced by this novel.

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Bejeweled: What a Tangled Web We Weave

Posted by BarbaraJoe on July 17, 2015 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Title: Bejeweled: What a Tangled Web We Weave by Chelle Ramsey

Rating: Four-stars

Genre: Women's Fiction

Price: $2.99

What I loved about the book:
I loved that it was a well-written novel with a very realistic and modern story line with just enough romance to keep me enticed. I mean the drama kept coming and coming. I could think of someone that I knew to match every character in the book. Although Olivia was the hair salon owner, she was also a Christian woman who truly cared about her employees and tried to help them in every way possible. When she tried to open a second business in Buckhead, she was greeted with opposition and tried to get around it. Meanwhile, her current employees were experiencing troubles of their own and the main one is Nikki. She was married to an abuser and attracted to one of the men on her job, Wesley.

What I didn't love about the book:
I didn't like that it was difficult for me to read at times due to the extreme domestic violence. I don't normally read stories like this but once I got started, I was compelled to finish the book. It is the second book of the series and left me with somewhat of a cliffhanger. I mean it was a complete story, but the ending left me wanting more and wondering what will happen next. Of course, I'm sure there's another book in the works that will answer all my questions.

If you love series, this would be a great investment for your money and time. Wonderful job, Chelle Ramsey!

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A Lover's Vow

Posted by BarbaraJoe on July 11, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Title: A Lover's Vow by Brenda Jackson

Rating: Four-stars

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Price: $6.39

What I loved about the book: I loved that although this is the third (and final) book in the Granger series, it worked well as a standalone. Since I've read the previous books, I was able to pick up the suspenseful storyline right away. The plot is centered around the three Granger brothers (Jace, Caden, and Dalton) who have returned home to bury their grandfather. They made a deathbed promise to run the family business and find out who killed their mother, Sylvia Granger, fifteen years ago. Their father is incarcerated for her murder, but of course, they believe he's innocent.

The romance in this book centers around Dalton Granger and Jules Bradford. He meets her at a nightclub when she's leaving and he hires a private investigator to find her. Even though the attraction is strong between them, they're determined to resist one another for as long as they can. I also loved that the killer of Sylvia Granger is finally revealed. 

What I didn't love about the book: I didn't love that there was a lot going on in this book. To me, it seemed to be all over the place with a multitude of characters to track while trying to figure out who was the killer. Although this novel was supposed to highlight the romance between Dalton and Jules, there were several other romances and affairs interwoven with the plot. And while the sex was great between the two main characters, I think she pushed the envelope from romance to erotica. 

Overall, I felt like this was something different from Brenda and I appreciated the mystery/romance storyline. If you love romantic series, this one would be great to add to your collection. 

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Author Rhett Devane

Posted by BarbaraJoe on July 8, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Thank you for inviting me to your blog, Barbara Joe. I am Rhett DeVane—southern-fried to the core and proud of it. I am the author of five published mainstream fiction novels: The Madhatter's Guide to Chocolate, Up the Devil's Belly, Mama’s Comfort Food, Cathead Crazy, and Suicide Supper Club. I have coauthored two novels: Evenings on Dark Island with Larry Rock and Accidental Ambition with Senator Robert W. McKnight. Suicide Supper Club received the 2014 President’s Award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. The next book in line for publication is Secondhand Sister, slated for release in the late summer of 2015. I have also authored middle grade fantasy, Elsbeth and Sim and Dig Within, in the “Tales from The Emerald Mountains” series. For the past thirty-plus years, Tallahassee, Florida, has been my home, where I split time between my profession as a dental hygienist and my passion for writing fiction.

I prefer fiction flavored with a good dose of humor. Fannie Flagg, Carl Hiaasen, and Bailey White are among my favorite authors. Any well-written book with developed, believable characters suits me, too, and I always have a teetering stack clamoring for attention. I don’t read books overstuffed with gratuitous sex and violence. As to what I write? I refuse to limit myself to one genre, or to only novels. Seems, that leads many authors to produce stale, repetitious prose. Most of my novels are southern women’s fiction, with scenes derived from actual experience. Accidental Ambition is a political drama. Evenings on Dark Island is an off-the-wall vampire spoof. Recently, I have branched out into Middle Grade chapter books (ages 9-12), short story collections, and flash fiction. As with my reading preferences, I allow any intriguing, solid storyline to take me along for the ride. I don’t shy from tough subjects—cancer, depression, abuse, racism—but I have been told that I handle my readers with great respect. The best I can do as an author is follow the muses, as they seem to be more intelligent and intuitive than me. With them as my somewhat pushy guides, even my grocery list has potential.

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Excerpt from Suicide Supper Club

Abby McKenzie scowled at her fogged reflection in the cracked bathroom mirror. “Just do freaking something, for once!” She could stand on her head to blow-dry her hair or use a curling iron until the ends scorched or slather on hair fixative products. No matter, her mouse-brown hair would sponge up humidity and straighten like a bird dog’s tail.

If her hair didn’t do right, how could the day do right? Or heck, how could her life do right?

“Talking to myself does not make me crazy. And if it does, what better place to be than where I live, a town with a state mental institution right on the main drag.”

She looked deep into her own eyes—pale green with flecks of gold. What if she didn’t wake up, some Monday morning? End of bad hair, end of mind-numbing routines. Just delightful nothingness. Abby stopped herself. Hell awaited people who dismissed life so easily, right?

Maybe her life was hell. Maybe that was the ultimate cosmic joke. The big bamboozle secret. You arrived one morning, somewhere in your forties, and nobody rolled out a welcome carpet. No horns blasted. Abby McKenzie, welcome to your private Hades condo. Grab a pitchfork, dahlin’. Get to work.

She shook her head. Stuck out her tongue. So did her mirror image, the rude thing. Nope. Couldn’t be true hell. Not her life. If this was hell, she’d at least have some company.

Abby added a third spritz of guaranteed-to-hold gel spray, grabbed her purse, and dashed to the kitchen to add her coffee mug to the unwashed breakfast dishes. She wove her way to the back door through a narrow path, past teetering stacks of twine-bound National Geographic and cardboard boxes, mounds of newspapers from God knows how many years back, and baskets of yarn. She made the same promise she’d made every day since her father, then her mother died. Going to clean this crap out. Yep, you just dream on Abby.

A wall of searing air hit her face as soon as she stepped outside. Cussin’ heat, her daddy had called it. He swore even the hardiest hat-clad church ladies spent hours of prayerful knee-time because of profane words spilled in haste.

Late August. Abby didn’t want to think about how much longer she’d have to put up with this summer. The pavement-buckling heat made folks in the small town of Chattahoochee, Florida—folks who normally took life in stride—into snippy, horn-blasting ingrates bent on sharing their dark moods. Sensible people went all stupid: a down payment on disaster.

“And I know about disaster.” She scowled at her wilted hairdo in the vanity mirror of the faded-blue Honda Accord. Good thing she had those interesting eyes. Otherwise, she couldn’t have been any more plain Jane if she had majored in it in college.


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Holiday Hotel 3: An anniversary story

Posted by BarbaraJoe on July 1, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (3)

 Holiday Hotel 3: An anniversary story

Genre: Romance

Price: $1.99

My latest short story titled, Holiday Hotel 3, features Janna and Waverly Jones again. Although this is a series, each book is a standalone story for your reading pleasure. This time, the couple has plans to celebrate their sixteenth wedding anniversary on the 4th of July at a local hotel. However, due to Waverly's work schedule, they might not be celebrating as planned.

Check out what  Adrienne Thompson, Author of Summertime, had to say about my new release:

Author Barbara Joe Williams keeps her readers satisfied with the latest installment of her Holiday Hotel short story series. It's Janna's and Wave's anniversary. When their sexy celebratory plans are halted, will theirs be a happy anniversary? You gotta read to find out! Great read. You won't be disappointed with this one or any of her other books. I've read them all so I know what I'm talking about!

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Thank you for your continued support of my work and blog! When I published my first novel in November 2004, I didn't have any idea that I would be publishing book number twenty-two today. I can't say that it's been a smooth ride, but I can say that it's been worth the ride because of the tremendous support that I have received from my loyal readers. Whenever I receive an email or a message from a fan stating how much they enjoyed one of my books, it makes all the sleepless nights and endless promotional days worth my time and efforts.

Although it's getting easier to publish a book, it's certainly getting harder to sell one. That's why I'm so thankful for my solid fan base who buy my books, post reviews, and keep spreading the word about my work. If there's one piece of advice that I would give to any author today, it would have to be this: Keep connecting with your readers and never give up on your book. If you can find the right audience for your work, they will support whatever you publish as long as you maintain quality standards and give them a reasonable price. 

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Ebony Articles: Volume 1

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 30, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 Ebony Articles: Volume 1 by C. Lynette

RATING: Three-stars

GENRE: Erotica

PRICE: .99

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE BOOK: I loved that the book was composed of short stories which led to a quick read for me. Each story was different and extra spicy enough to keep me reading until the last one ended. The author was creative with her (first-person) storytelling and she delivered a variety of sexy scenarios and situations for all the senses. Each scene was setup perfectly and ended with over-the-top, explosive sex for all the erotica-loving readers. All of the narrators appeared to be young, college-aged women living on their own and sexually uninhibited adventurers. If you're looking for something hot and heavy to get you through the night, this should do it.

WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE ABOUT THE BOOK: I didn't love the overal flow of the book. For example, some stories had more than one part and they were spread out through the book instead of running consecutively which would have made for smoother reading, for me. And even though the author is talented, I think a good proofreader (or beta readers) would have caught some of the minor errors which also interrupted my reading flow. Also, the female narrator for each story was never identified. But all and all aside, I'm ready for Volume 2.

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Dangerously in Love

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 29, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Dangerously in Love by Michelle Kimbrough

RATING: Four-stars

GENRE: Romantic Suspense

PRICE: $2.99


I loved the suspenseful tone of the book which made for an engaging and entertaining read. It was like watching one of my favorite movies from the eighties titled, Body Heat, with Kathleen Turner and William Hurt. I could actually feel the heat and just see the smoke coming off the screen with each sexy scene. With the setting in Chicago, you have an attorney turned landscaper, Hilton "Hill" Parker, who falls in love with his rich client's wife, Caitlin Church. After falling deeper between her greedy claws, he's manipulated into making some very tough decisions in order to keep her sweaty body by his side. As his life spins completely out of control, he comes to realize that Caitlin may not be who he really thought she was, but is it too late to save himself? 


Hill Parker was an educated man and I refuse to believe that he was so whipped that he couldn't see some of the happenings that were coming his way or even the ones that passed him by. Although I had several questions, I kept reading because I wanted to see how the story would end. And even though I had figured out some of the plot, there were still a few suprises at the end which made it worth my while to finish reading the book. 

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Author Terry M. Walker

Posted by BarbaraJoe on June 26, 2015 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Government-worker turned novelist Terry M. Walker has spun a tale that is far from your typical, run-of-the-mill romance. Hers is the story of a Christian woman, Shayna, who unknowingly marries a figure from the underworld. As Shayna's marriage progresses, clues begin to abound that her husband is not who he has pretended to be, and the tense drama unfolds. The husband wants to keep his innocent wife at all costs, while she on the other hand, wrestles with escaping the marriage. Even if she chooses to leave, the true question is … will he let her?

"Engaging from the word go! This is a page turner of excitement, drama, romance and exotic adventure between a husband and his wife, not often written about on this level. This sizzles," endorses former Spike Lee film producer Monty Ross. New York Times best-selling author and Howard alumni, Omar Tyree has also endorsed the book.

Ms. Walker was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and today lives in Upper Marlboro. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice for decades, currently as a budget analyst. She is a devoted Christian, wife, mother and grandmother.

Approximately ten years ago, Ms. Walker began working on a book and completed all of nine pages. A few years back, she put pen to paper again, picking up where she left off, but this time she got to page 800. The result is a trilogy, of which A Bittersweet Love is the second in the series.

To learn more about Ms. Walker, visit her website. Also, be sure to follow her on the following social networks: Facebook; Twitter; and Amazon author's page.

The Love Is Insanity series, which consists of 3 books: Shaded By Love; A Bittersweet Love; and Holding Onto Love, are available for purchase at Barnes and Nobles, Amazon and Terry’s official Author’s website.

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